Postmenopausal women who gain significant amounts of weight maybe at increased risk for endometrial cancer, new research suggests.
According to a presentation by Victoria L. Stevens, PhD , strategic director of laboratory services at the National Home Office of the American Cancer Society at Atlanta, for researchers at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, postmenopausal women whom are extremely overweight are at higher cancer risk than postmenopausal women who maintained a constant weight.
Stevens and other cancer investigators sought to determine whether intentional fluctuations in women's body weight (losing 10 pounds or more then gaining it back) would increase the chances of developing endometrial cancer.
To this end, the research team collected information on weight history and weight cycling from 38,152 women who completed a voluntary questionnaire in 1992. Of the women who completed the survey, 560 were reportedly diagnosed with endometrial cancer between 1992 and 2007.
Excess Weight Puts Women At Greater Risk Endometrial Cancer Risk
Investigators found that, after adjusting for baseline BMI, women who gained 61 pounds or more were twice as likely as to develop endometrial cancer than women who maintained a constant body weight.
The researchers found a potential link between postmenopausal weight gain and endometrial cancer, but were unable to find an association between weight cycling ("yo-yo dieting") and endometrial cancer.
Nonetheless, Stevens reportedly told her colleagues at the AACR that: "Weight gain during adulthood should be avoided to minimize risk for endometrial cancer. Women who have gained weight and are overweight or obese should continue to attempt to lose weight even though most weight loss will not be maintained."
Government officials estimate that in 2011 there will be 46,470 new cases of endometrial cancer resulting in 8,120 deaths. Endometrial cancer, which attacks the uterine lining, usually afflicts older women between 60 to 70 years of age. Since diabetes and obesity are listed as common risk factors, it makes sense that scientists would advise women to lose weight.
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Significant Weight Gain in Adulthood Increases Risk for Endometrial Cancer. American Association for Cancer Research. http://www.aacr.org/home/public--media/aacr-in-the-news.aspx?d=2514
Endometrial Cancer: Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000910.htm
Endometrial Cancer. National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/endometrial
This article is based in part on a press release from the American Association of Cancer Research.
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